COOLUM Beach's Julian Wilson got his Californian campaign back on track yesterday when he survived a cut-throat second-round match-up at the Hurley Pro.
The 23-year-old edged Brazilian Jadson Andre 14.63 to 14.27 in a tightly fought contest where Wilson claimed a winning wave in the dying seconds.
Trailing by 6.26 points, Wilson managed to produce a last-ditch effort of 6.63 to earn a berth in round three.
Natural-footer Wilson is chasing his maiden ASP World Tour victory and valuable ranking points in the race for the world title.
Last season's ASP rookie of the year came into the event at Trestles - the sixth stop of 10 on this year's tour - in 10th place in the standings.
However, he finished last in his round one three-man heat on Monday before his success yesterday.
Wilson was expected to clash with another young gun, Brazilian Alejo Muniz, in round three early this morning.
Fellow Queenslander Joel Parkinson also rebounded from a round-one heat to defeat wildcard Conner Coffin.
In one-metre surf, the former Caloundra grommet scored a two-wave total of 15.83 to the American's 10.73.
"Surfing in that first heat of the day can be difficult because you don't really know what's going to be happening with the judging," Parkinson told ASP International.
"There were lots of waves early this morning and once the heat started it was pretty slow, so I was glad I got that one nine."
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